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60 Years Ago Items from the Sun of November 3, 1953

Playing important roles in the highly successful season the University of North Dakota grid team is enjoying this fall are Jack Behl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Behl, and Dick Wenberg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rueben Wenberg. Both families are of Morris.  Behl and Wenberg will be remembered as former Morris High School gridiron stars and are carrying on for the Sioux where they left off for the Tigers.  Behl plays at a halfback slot for the Sioux and Wenberg is at a tackle post.

Mrs. Coren Klosterman is the new owner of the Shell Cafe in Morris, having purchased the cafe from Elmer Steen and taking possession Nov. 1. Mr. Steen has conducted the cafe for the past year.  He has not yet decided on his future plans. The new proprietor indicated she will make several changes in the cafe, chief among them being the serving of complete meals.

The famed Minneapolis Lions Club Quartet, seven-time winner of international contests and one of the most popular musical groups in the Upper Midwest, will appear in concert in the Morris High School auditorium Nov. 7 under the auspices of the Morris Lions club.  The quartet has appeared in Morris several times previously and by its performances has won itself top ranking in the estimation of the hundreds in this area who have heard the group.

More than 60 of Stevens County's busiest farmers and homemakers are volunteering their time and talents to serve as adult leaders of their local 4-H clubs, according to County Club Agent Emma Hultgren.  She joined with Leonard Harkness, state 4-H leader at the University of Minnesota, in paying tribute to the vital contribution these men and women are making in unselfishly giving their time to help make the 4-H program a success. In time alone, they spend what amounts to a total of 16 days a year in their 4-H club activities.

Running under almost perfect conditions at Grand Rapids, the Morris Aggies won the Aggie Conference championship for the third consecutive year.  Leonard Mitchell and Allen Mumm, Morris seniors, put on an exhibition for first place honors with Mitchell taking the honors by about one step. The winning time for the 1.8 mile was 9 minutes 28 seconds.


40 Years Ago Items from the Tribune of November 1, 1973

An estimated 200-250 persons attended a “meet the candidates” meeting at the Morris Armory Tuesday evening, sponsored by the Stevens County League of Women Voters.  Mayoral candidates David Holman, Chester Birch and  Raymond D. Morris  appeared on the first half of the program, moderated by the League, each presenting a three-minute address on their views, and later answering written questions from the audience.  The same format was followed for the four council hopefuls in the second portion of the meeting. Council candidates are Steven Hunt, James Thedin, Leland Swanson and Donald Klein. Following a question and answer session, the League of Women Voters served refreshments and candidates talked informally with the audience.

The Arcade Cafe, located in the Theatre  Arcade building on East Sixth Street, will become known as The Hungry Jut effective today when the new managers take over.  Larry and Karen Nelson  have leased the cafe from LaVonne Schradieck, owner.  The agreement went into effect today, Nov. 1.

Two employees of the United States Department of Agriculture in Stevens County were recognized recently when they were presented certificates of service for their time with the organization.  Carol M. Neal received recognition for her 25 years of service by Howe Anderson, chairman of the ASC county committee.  Robert M. Speer was also congratulated by Anderson on his accomplishment of 15 years with the U.S.D.A.

Ester Castilla exchanged a Columbian Lions International flag for a Morris Lions flag with Lions Club president Si McCormack at a local Lions meeting last week. Ester's American mother, Mrs. Tamlin Olson of Morris was also present for the exchange.  Ester departed last Wednesday for her native Columbia after spending a year in Brookings, S.D. and Morris as a foreign exchange student.  


20 Years Ago Items from the Sun of November 2, 1993

The 1993 fall is the third straight for the Morris Area High girls cross country team to take first place in sectionals. The section meet was held last Thursday at Pierz.  The Tigers took first with a point total of 51 while New London-Spicer was runner-up with 66.  Katie Huntley led the Tigers with her 12:29 time which netted her sixth place, one notch above teammate Heidi Weber. Other cross country team members include Beth Bock, Anne Rau, Amber Lent, Tessa Weber, Amber Thoren, Ashlee Charles.  Team coach is Marv Meyer.

The top two teams in each gender division, along with the top five individuals, advance to state, which is slated Nov. 6 at St. Olaf College, Northfield.

It has taken nearly three years of research to complete, and is composed of six different communities in Minnesota which depict an appreciation and history of Minnesota.  The Minnesota Historical Society's new exhibit “A Common Ground: Minnesota Communities,” which features Chokio, opened Oct. 31.  The exhibit is composed of the small, rural farming community of Chokio, the old Jewish and Mexican neighborhood of St. Paul's Lower West Side, Vietnam veterans, Swedish immigrants in Isanti County, the Deaf Community, and the Winnebago Indian Community.  The Historical Society's research team worked closely with the Chokio Advisory Board which includes the following community members: Kay Grossman, Joan Jipson, Roger Gerdes, Neal Hofland, George Dieter and Ann Dorweiler. The Chokio exhibit includes a section which shows how the farming community survived the farm crisis, and gives a historical overview of how farming has changed over the past 100 years.  

Charlie Maguire, a regular on the “Prairie Home Companion,” will open the 1993-94 Natural History Series Nov. 10 at the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall on the campus of the University of Minnesota, Morris. Maguire is an environmental troubadour who will provide an evening of song and celebration which will entertain and educate on the subject of Minnesota's natural resources and parks. His lovely melodies-such as “Minnesota Someday,” “Ozawindib,” and “Fireside Waltz”-and engaging style have made him a regional favorite. The Natural History Series is designed to help people understand and appreciate our special rural Minnesota environment. Now in its fifth year, the series provides a relaxed, informational and fun way for all ages to enjoy and learn about nature, wildlife and environment of our region.

The Stevens County Chapter of Salvation Army received a check for $1,545 from the Stevens Cyrus Branch of the Lutheran Brotherhood to be used for flood relief.  Peggy Kill, chair for Salvation Army in Stevens County, said that this money will be targeted for flood relief or renters in Stevens County who lost personal items in this summer's flooding. Typically FEMA monies are not available to renters and many renters did not have insurance to cover their loses.  

 Jessica Van Alstine of Morris represented Stevens County at this year's Minnesota State 4-H Horse Show held at the State Fairgrounds in September.  Jessica showed her registered quarter horse, Champ, in showmanship.  She also competed in the state 4-H horse judging contest. She placed very well in the herdsmanship division; her scores were all in the blue. Jessica is the daughter of Sharon and Jim Van Alstine of Morris and belongs to the Pep & Progress 4-H Club. Over 460 4-Hers exhibited at the State 4-H Horse Show.